Three days before they open the preseason against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Redskins have released their first unofficial depth chart of the year. There aren’t a ton of surprises, but it’s still worth noting where everyone stands as the team embarks on some live-action games. Let’s run through the highlights.
Rex Grossman is listed as the first-string quarterback, and John Beck is his backup. It’s probably not worth reading a whole lot into that. The two both have an equal shot at the starting job. One of them has to be listed as the first-stringer on these depth charts.
The list surely doesn’t reflect expected playing time or starting lineups Friday. It’s likely some of the free agents will see limited action due to limited practice time.
At receiver, Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney are listed as the starters, and Anthony Armstrong and Leonard Hankerson as the top backups. Donte Stallworth and Terrence Austin are the third-stringers. Rookies Niles Paul and Aldrick Robinson are after them.
With Ryan Torain nursing the hand injury, Tim Hightower is the top running back and Roy Helu is No. 2, followed by Evan Royster.
At tight end, Chris Cooley and Fred Davis are, of course, listed as No. 1 and 2, respectively. Logan Paulsen is No. 3, and Mike Sellers is fourth-string. Sellers is not listed among the fullbacks, where Darrel Young is with the first team and Keiland Williams is No. 2.
On the offensive line, Sean Locklear is backing up Trent Williams at left tackle, Maurice Hurt is behind Kory Lichtensteiger at left guard, center Erik Cook is behind Will Montgomery, Artis Hicks behind right guard Chris Chester and Willie Smith is the top right tackle backup to Jammal Brown.
On defense, again, not a ton of surprises.
Adam Carriker, Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen are listed as the starting defensive linemen, followed by Jarvis Jenkins, Anthony Bryant and Kedric Golston.
At linebacker, Lorenzo Alexander is listed behind Ryan Kerrigan, Keyaron Fox behind London Fletcher, Perry Riley behind Rocky McIntosh and Rob Jackson behind Brian Orakpo. Horatio Blades is listed as a third-teamer, behind Riley.
The starting cornerbacks are DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson, following by Kevin Barnes and Phillip Buchanon.
And the top safeties are Reed Doughty and Chris Horton in LaRon Landry’s place at strong safety and O.J. Atogwe and Anderson Russell at free safety.